As I write this we are in our third lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic in London, and finding variety in our days is becoming more and more difficult. It made me wonder if I could really write a blog, and articulate properly the reason I am compelled to do what I do? Why do I make the jewellery that I make and the many experiences I have had that inform my creative process?
It was at the age of 13 when I knew I wanted to make a career by making things with my hands. It was intuitive, I loved taking things apart to see if I could put them back together again, and I was forever playing with things trying to transform them. I would make jewellery from aluminium drinks cans and beads to sell to my friends at school and the idea of making jewellery well and truly stuck.
My love of history, colour and fashion and objects are the foundation upon which I create my work. I always say I get this from growing up in East London - and to an extent that is true - but really it is all down to my Mum. She is fabulous, eclectic and glamorous - and I owe her a lot!
My journey has been a long one. Since studying Jewellery & Silversmithing at University I have worked in many areas of the burgeoning craft industry in London. It has been through learning how to sell, learning how to make and design things that people will ACTUALLY want to wear (and not just produce wacky out of this world things that only you will be crazy enough to parade around in!) that has made me the maker and artist I am today. All of the wonderful advice and terrible mistakes I have learnt from along the way have helped a bit too!
I'm a bit rusty at this writing lark so you'll have to forgive me for my first foray into this medium. So, what I will attempt to do is make this the first of many little glimpses into the work that I make. Piece by piece. And I hope you will join me along the way.